- By Connie Ragen Green
- Published 09/28/2008
The recipe for a successful business blog all comes down to the ingredients you put in. Just like with a successful meal, you must plan and organize your thoughts and ideas before you head into the kitchen. It is best to define your niche as specifically as you can before you start blogging. If this is not possible, you must make every effort to continue this refining process until you know exactly who you are talking to and what you want to convey in your blog posts. This is crucial if you are to create and build a profitable online business based on your blog. Branding your blog with your name, colors, and design will also be a big part of it. You want to send a message to your visitors that goes beyond the text and images they will see. You want them to feel that they have come to the right place to find the information they are searching for. Choose your blog categories carefully. Start out with just a few and increase them as you begin to talk about new topics. These categories should include your keywords so that the search engines will begin to know what your blog is about very quickly. There are also places to purchase royalty free clipart, graphics, and photos to use in your posts. These images will make your blog more interesting and tell your story in a different way than if you only used text. But be careful about using too many images, especially cartoon or childish ones, because that can detract from your credibility on your topic. Now it is time to plan your blogging schedule. To stick with the recipe analogy, you want to have all of your ingredients close at hand before you start cooking your special dish. My goal is to bring the very best content to my readers in a way they can get the most benefit from it. I want them to leave my blog feeling completely satisfied, yet wanting to return for a second helping. This can be achieved by planning and organization.
Enjoy the process of building your blog over time. You are creating a body of work that will affect many thousands of people over time. Don not rush the process or post about things that are not related to your topic. Even when I write about my personal life I tie it into my niche topic so that my readers will again gain better perspective. When they leave a comment on one of my posts, that is the icing on the cake for me.
Connie Ragen Green teaches you how to write articles and eBooks to build an online business, as well as how to use the technology needed. Visit http://www.EbookWritingandMarketingSecrets.com to find out more.
by Connie Ragen Green